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01-08-11, 22:27
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Statement by WUC President Rebiya Kadeer about Kashgar attacks

Press release – For immediate release
01 August 2011
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or e-mail contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) unequivocally condemns Chinese government policies that have caused another outbreak of violence in East Turkestan. Without a substantial change to policies that discriminate against Uyghurs economically, culturally and politically the prospect of stability in East Turkestan is remote.

According to Chinese and overseas media reports, incidents of bloodshed on the streets of Kashgar occurred between July 30 and 31, 2011. The tragic events over the weekend in Kashgar took place less than two weeks after a day of violence in the southern city of Hotan. Due to the tight control of information and the imposition of a street curfew, the WUC is unable to confirm the accuracy of information from Chinese state media of events in Kashgar. The latest reports conflict in the number of dead and injured from the alleged series of attacks in Kashgar. Chinese state media has accused Uyghur individuals of carrying out the attacks. There is no doubt that without providing any substantive evidence, the Chinese government will accuse these individuals of links to international terror organizations. Without independent verification of such accusations, the WUC must remain skeptical.

I do not support violence. I am saddened that Han Chinese and Uyghurs have lost their lives. At the same time, I cannot blame the Uyghurs who carry out such attacks for they have been pushed to despair by Chinese policies. I condemn the Chinese government for the incident. The Chinese government has created an environment of hopelessness that means it must take responsibility for civilian deaths and injuries caused by their discriminatory policies.

The WUC has repeatedly urged the Chinese government to immediately stop the implementation of unjust policies in East Turkestan. The WUC has also insisted that Chinese officials end the institutionalized national and racial discrimination against Uyghurs that deprive Uyghur youths of a future. During the May 2010 “Xinjiang Work Forum” held in Beijing, the WUC sincerely called on the Chinese government to discuss the future of East Turkestan with legitimate representatives of the Uyghur people. Nevertheless, the “Xinjiang Work Forum” went ahead without the participation of a single Uyghur, whose rights as an autonomous people are highlighted in the Chinese Constitution and the Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law.

Instead of pursuing a policy in East Turkestan that seeks to engage the Uyghur population, the Chinese government has chosen the way of violence and an armed brutal crackdown. There is no sign that Chinese authorities will discontinue their crackdown in East Turkestan. The Chinese government firmly believes in using the power of the gun to suppress the voice of Uyghurs instead of listening to it. Regardless of the dangers posed to those who do dissent, Uyghurs continue to express their unhappiness with Chinese policies; however, Chinese authorities have not heeded any of these expressions of discontent.

Despite the ruthless massacre of peaceful demonstrators, and the active suppression of Uyghurs, mass death sentences handed down to Uyghurs during and after July 5, 2009 in Urumchi, the Chinese government has not achieved peace or stability in East Turkestan. Uyghurs in East Turkestan have resisted Chinese rule in a variety of ways. There have been more than 20 bloody incidents since July 5, 2009. An attack on a police station in Aksu on September 18, 2010, the incident in Hotan on July 18, 2011 and the latest bloodshed in Kashgar between July 30-31, 2011 have been among the most widely reported by media.

Why did the bloodshed happen in Kashgar?

We remind the Chinese government that unless there are genuine and meaningful policy changes that respect the legitimate rights of Uyghurs in East Turkestan there could be more of these outbreaks of unrest to come, as people have no other choice to express their grievances. Uyghurs across the region are denied any kind of freedom of speech or assembly that permit displays of public displeasure with government policies. On July 5, 2009, when Uyghur protestors attempted to peacefully request protection from the state against violent attacks, they were met with gunfire from Chinese security forces.

The Chinese government has to ask itself why Uyghurs so desperately resist knowing that they will be killed or executed. The answer should be very clear. Uyghurs have lost all hope. There are no Uyghur families who cannot tell a story of arrest, torture or death.

There are many Uyghur grievances in Kashgar that need to be addressed by the Chinese government. A government mandated demolition of the hub of Uyghur culture and tradition in the ancient city of Kashgar has made people very angry. The Chinese authorities have been transferring millions of Han Chinese to the area and in doing so polluted the environment of Kashgar. The Chinese government has provided housing, jobs, education and other opportunities for these immigrants while most Uyghurs suffer from a lack of economic opportunity. Thousands of young Uyghur girls and women, most of them from the Kashgar region, are forcibly transferred to factories in eastern China to supply cheap labor. Religious freedoms in Kashgar are next to none and have been restricted further as Muslims enter the holy month of Ramadan. Chinese authorities have launched strike hard campaigns and arrested countless Uyghurs on politically motivated charges. These policies do nothing but create hatred. Many of the Han Chinese immigrants from China discriminate and humiliate the Uyghur people on a daily basis simply because the Chinese government treats Uyghurs with such disdain.

Uyghurs in East Turkestan have patiently waited for a humanitarian reaction from the international community to the brutal suppression. As time passed, the Uyghur people’s hopes have gradually ebbed away. The inaction and unresponsive attitude of the international community over the mass killing of Uyghurs during and after July 5, 2009, the death sentences of young Uyghurs in trials that fall far below international standards, the forceful deportation of 20 Uyghurs from Cambodia and the recent repatriation of mandated UNHCR refugee Ershidin Israel from Kazakhstan to China are contributing factors to this sense of hopelessness that the Uyghur condition will ever improve.

Therefore, I urge the international community to listen to the grievances of Uyghurs now in order to prevent future disasters in East Turkestan.

I also call on the Chinese government to learn the right lessons from these tragedies and give up military crackdown as the only form of solution. I still firmly believe that mutual understanding and dialogue is the only way to resolve conflict and to reach a solution based on compromise.

I also appeal to Han Chinese people living in East Turkestan to side against government brutality towards Uyghurs and stop being used by the communist government for further escalation of ethnic tension between them and Uyghurs, the rightful owner of the territory.

It is time for the Han Chinese immigrants to ask a sincere question; why have the opportunities that have been presented to them as immigrants from thousands of miles away not been offered to local Uyghurs in East Turkestan?

I urge the Chinese authorities to be transparent and to give access to international media to report incidents like the one in Kashgar and to allow human rights organizations as well as Uyghur organizations to investigate conditions in the area.

For media inquiries please contact:
Dilshat Rexit, WUC Spokesman
Mobile: +46 73 69 41 922
E-mail: uyghur50@gmail.com

02-08-11, 10:23
Rabiye qadir: hujumda her ikki tereptin ölgenlerge xitay hökümiti jawabkar
Muxbirimiz shöhret hoshur
Uyghur milliy herikitining rehbiri rabiye qadir xanim radiomiz ziyaritini qobul qilip, xitayning hujumchilar üstidiki eyibleshlirini ret qildi.


Rabiye qadir xanim uyghur aliy kéngishi échilish murasimida soz qilmaqta. 2011-Yili 2-May, amérika.
30-We 31-Iyul künliri qeshqer shehiride yüz bergen xitay saqchi we puqralirigha hujum qilish weqesi heqqide bügün qeshqer wilayetlik partkom we uyghur aptonom rayonluq hökümet ayrim-Ayrim halda bayanat élan qilip, hujumni zorawanliq we térrorluq herikiti dep eyiblidi hem hujumchilarni milletler ara ziddiyet peyda qilmaqchi we milletler ittipaqliqini buzmaqchi dep körsetti.

Bu munasiwet bilen uyghur milliy herikitining rehbiri rabiye qadir xanim radiomiz ziyaritini qobul qilip, xitayning hujumchilar üstidiki eyibleshlirini ret qildi. Hujumchilarni shu xil qarshiliq yoligha mejburlanghan kishiler dep atighan rabiye xanim, hujumda her ikki tereptin ölgenlerge xitay hökümiti jawabkar dep körsetti.

Soal: xitay qeshqerde yüz bergen xitay saqchi we puqralirigha hujum qilish weqesini «zorawanliq we térrorluq herikiti» dep eyiblidi. Dunya uyghur qurultiyi mezkur weqege qandaq baha béridu?

Jawab: men dunya uyghur qurultiyining emes, öz shexsiy pikrimni bildürey: men bu weqede weqening kélip chiqishigha seweb bolghan xitay hökümiti we uning siyasitini eyibleymen. Chünki xitayning basturush siyasetliri, uyghurlarning tinchliq sheklide ipadiligen siyasiy teleplirige qulaq salmasliqi, eksiche türmilerge tashlighanliqi, bir qisim uyghurlarni bu yolgha mejburlidi.

Soal: siler bügünge qeder mushundaq bir weqening yüz bérip qélish éhtimalliqini aldin texmin qilghanmu we bu heqte xitay hökümitini agahlanduridighan ehwallar bolghanmu?

Jawab: biz nechche waqittin béri xitay hökümitini basturush heriketlirini toxtitishqa, uyghurlarning arzu-Teleplirige qulaq sélishqa we uyghur yashlirini amalsizliq ichide zorawanliq yolini tallap qélishigha mejburlimasliqqa chaqirghan iduq we bundaq bolmighanda rayonda tinchliqning saqlanmaydighanliqi, weziyettin xitay puqraliriningmu ziyangha uchrap qélish éhtimalliqini bildürgen iduq.

Soal: weqede ölgenlerning jawabkari kim bolushi kérek?

Jawab: weqede her ikki tereptin ölgenlerning jawabkarliqini xitay hökümiti öz üstige élishi kérek.

Soal: weqedin xitay xelqi élishqa tégishlik bir dersmu barmu?

Jawab: bar, bar bolghandimu qat-Qat bar. Xitay xelqi özliri shunche uzaq yerlerdin kélip bu zéminda bayashat turmush kechürüwatqanda, turmushta qiyniliwatqan, ötmitöshük öylerde olturuwatqan yerlik xelqni-Uyghularni köz aldigha keltürüshi we özlirige «biz érishkenge néme üchün bularmu ige bolalmaydu?» dégen soalni qoyushi kérek. «Bular néme üchün türmilerde yatidu? , bular néme üchün ölüshke razi bolidu?» dégen soallirini özige qoyushi we buning jawabini tépip chiqishi kérek. Eng muhimi, xitay hökümitining «shinjang tinch-Aman jay, shinjangda her millet xelqi inaq ittipaq» dégen sözlirige ishenmesliki, bu zéminning igisi barliqini, uyghurlarning zéminigha köchüp kélip tinch yashashning mumkinsizlikini bilip qélishi kérek.

Soal: xewerlerdiki melumatlardin qarighanda weqede xitay puqralirining hujum nishani bolghanliqi éniq körünidu, hujumchilar bu hujumliri arqiliq xitaygha xelqige yene qandaq signallarni bermekchi boluwatidu?

Jawab: méningche, xitay xelqi weqedin ders élip, buningdin kéyin, xitay hökümitining uyghurlargha séliwatqan zulumigha süküt qilip turmasliqi, heq-Naheq mesililiride insaniy meydanda turup xitay hökümitige uyghurlar bilen birlikte qarshi turushi kérek.
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02-08-11, 16:55
Beijing's Ethnic Policies 'Flawed'

Violence has been on the rise in all of the ethnic "autonomous regions" in China.

Chinese security forces patrol central Kashgar, Aug. 2, 2011.
As China warns of a harsh crackdown following ethnic violence in its troubled western region of Xinjiang, experts say the latest attacks in Kashgar city point to serious problems with government policies towards ethnic minorities.

Kashgar mayor Cheng Zhenshan vowed to fight separatists, religious extremists and "terrorists" with "iron fists," the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday following the weekend violence in the Silk Road city that left at least 14 people dead and 40 others injured.

Xinhua quoted Cheng as saying that strengthened efforts in information gathering at Kashgar's key spots and highly-populated areas were needed "to pre-empt strikes from hostile forces."

The chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) government, Nur Bekri, visited Han Chinese who were injured in attacks on bystanders, promising that the government would "go all out to counter the violence that threatens people's lives," Xinhua said.

Bekri vowed that the "terrorist suspects" would be given severe punishments in accordance with the law.

China has said that at least one of the attacks in Kashgar at the weekend were the work of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which wants an independent homeland for Xinjiang's Muslim Uyghurs.

Overseas groups estimate that more than 100 Uyghurs were detained in the wake of the attacks. Most of those detained as suspects were committed Muslims who attended mosque and whose wives wore veils, residents say.

Analyzing violence

Chinese commentators said the slew of recent attacks in Xinjiang, where many Uyghurs are deeply resentful of Chinese rule, showed that Beijing's policy on ethnic minorities had gone badly wrong.

"Obviously, acts of terrorist violence against ordinary people are completely wrong; there's no argument about that," said Wuhan-based veteran democracy activist Qin Yongmin. "Anyone with eyes can see that the ethnic conflict in Xinjiang has intensified in the past few decades."

But he said the violence shouldn't be viewed as simply a rise in the amount of "terrorist incidents."

"There were also serious ethnic clashes in Xinjiang during the 1960s. The government took a much more magnanimous approach towards the Uyghur people at this time, and they suppressed the Han backlash quite harshly," Qin said.

"But it also set a precedent, which was to take away all the rights that the the entire ethnic group should have enjoyed."

Qin said that authoritarian government was bound to lead to ethnic conflict, and to turn that conflict into a stalemate.

"From the point of view of the ethnic minorities, they don't see it as a problem of authoritarianism, but as one of ethnic conflict," he said. "Their experience is that the Han Chinese government is persecuting them."

The attacks in Kashgar and those in the nearby city of Hotan two weeks ago in which 20 people were killed are the bloodiest violence in a year in Xinjiang, where Muslim Uyghurs chafe under Chinese rule.

Deadly riots in Xinjiang's regional capital of Urumqi left at least 200 dead in July 2009 following clashes between Han Chinese and Uyghurs.

'Positive discrimination'

Zhang Ming, politics professor at Renmin University's school of international relations, also said that Beijing's ethnic policies "are flawed."

"They appear to contain a lot of positive discrimination, but actually they are very discriminatory," he said

"Only policies which give people equal treatment on an equal footing will lead to a relationship of equality," Zhang said.

Macau-based military affairs analyst Huang Dong said that violent incidents had been on the rise in all of the ethnic "autonomous regions" in recent years.

"There have been outbreaks of violence, one after another, in a number of ethnic minority regions recently," he said.

"This shows that the government's ethnic minority policies are inappropriate."

Huang called on the Chinese government to approach ethnic conflict from a cultural standpoint. "They shouldn't engage in such an open policy of oppression, because this will only serve to exacerbate the situation," he said.

Guangxi-based author Jing Chu said that the fact that an attack that was originally aimed at the police force turned into an attack on ordinary people showed that ethnic tensions had already become very extreme in Xinjiang.

"Ever since the Communist Party came to power, they have pursued a policy of strengthening their control over the autonomous ethnic minority areas," Jing said.

But he added: "They should reflect deeply on their policies towards ethnic minorities."

Stoking resentment

He said that the exploitation of Xinjiang's limited water and land resources for Han Chinese farming projects was just one of the moves that had depleted the region and stoked Uyghur resentment.

"They have diverted and cut off rivers to make the desert bloom, and last year the lakes dried up completely," he said.

"They have cut off the means of existence for thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of people who rely on the waters downstream to make farm produce."

Jing said the government monopoly on information about the conflicts and the stifling of public debate on ethnic conflict made it hard to find a solution.

"In such complex conditions, we need freedom of information, and they need to allow a full and free debate," he said.

The Munich-based World Uyghur Congress condemned the recent violence in Kashgar, but blamed Chinese government policies for oppressing Uyghurs and causing long-simmering resentment to boil over.

Reported by He Ping for RFA's Mandarin service, and by Bi Zimo for the Cantonese service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

02-08-11, 18:01
Hoten we qeshqer weqeliride hittay tirik tutiwelishqa tamamen bolidighan , qolida qoral bolmighan nurghun kishilirmizni terror qalpiqi bilen neq meydanda etip shehit qildi!
Hittay hokumiti tirik tutuwelip olum jazasi we bashqa jazalarni berse helqara jemiyetning eyplishidin qechip, ichki jehettin terrorist depla qalpaq kiyguzup halighan kishini etip tashlap ishni jimiqturushqa kelishkendek
Hittay bundaq qilish arqiliq bashqa uyghurlarni qorqutush meqsidige yetipla qalmastin, belki uyghurlarni qirghin qilip milli och elish meqsidigimu yetmekchi boliwatqandek qilidu..
Shunga uyghur teshkilatlirining helqara jemiyetke hittay hokimitining uyghurlarni yoqilang qalpaqlar bilen halighanche olturushtek wehshi milli qirghinchiliq qilmishini eyplesh bilen birge, hittay hakimiyitini bu hil
aq qarini perq etmey adem olturushtek milli qirghinchiliq terrorluq siyasitining bashqa uyghurlarnimu herqandaq yerde hittay hakimiyitidin och elish herkitide bolushqa righbetlenduridighanliqidin agahlandurushi

12-08-11, 12:09
That the World Uygur Congress (WUC) would do their best to distort the facts and mislead world opinion about the terrorist attacks in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was probably to be expected. But we are astounded that WUC leader Rebiya Kadeer tried to shift the blame onto the Chinese government when she published a statement about the terrorist attack in Kashgar on July 30 and 31.
She justified the violent attacks that claimed the lives of eight innocent people and injured dozens more by pointing her finger at the policies the Chinese government has adopted to encourage social and economic development in the autonomous region.
Clearly she is quite happy to turn a blind eye to the various preferential policies the central government has been promoting to support the economic growth of the region and improve the lives of Uygurs and residents of other ethnic groups over the past decades.
Although she did not mention "Xinjiang independence" in her statement, she repeatedly used "East Turkistan", which explicitly reveals the relationship between the WUC and extremist forces that has been working to disturb the peace and stability in Xinjiang and fan sentiments against the Chinese government in the name of "East Turkistan".
We know why the WUC and its leader Rebiya Kadeer always twist the facts about what happens in Xinjiang. It is because social stability and the improved standard of living for people of all ethnic groups are the last thing they want to see. No one who now enjoys a better life and the stable social environment will want this region to be "independent".
Rebiya Kadeer and the WUC can say nothing to justify the ruthless attacks against innocent residents, instead they turn the facts upside down and claim "the Chinese government has created an environment of hopelessness and deprived Uygur youth of a future".
This is a lie. Let's look at the true facts. In the five years from 2002 to 2007 alone, central government departments spent 147 million yuan ($22.7 million) in the region lifting 1.05 million local residents out of poverty. Nineteen provinces and municipalities directly under the auspice of the central government started to provide financial aid and other forms of assistance to the 12 prefectures in the region starting from 2010, and Xinjiang's gross domestic product should reach the national average in five years.
The government has also approved Kashgar becoming the country's sixth special economic zone, which means it will enjoy special policies for economic development. There are also preferential university enrollment policies for Uygur residents and residents of other ethnic groups.
All these prove that the central government has always attached great importance to the social and economic development of the region and strives to ensure the prosperity and stability of this remote area. This will not just improve the lives of residents of different ethnic groups but also facilitate the development of the entire country.
The more the rest of the country helps Xinjiang with its development, the harder it is for the central and regional authorities and the public to put up with these ruthless terrorist attacks, which are meant to interrupt and undermine the autonomous region's development and social cohesion.
Separatists and extremists have no right to deprive residents from different ethnic groups of their right to seek a better life in a stable social environment. They are imposing their own will upon the majority of Uygur residents by resorting to violence. And Rebiya Kadeer and her WUC are doing the same by telling lies and twisting the facts.
There can be no justifying terrorism. Terrorism is a threat to innocent lives; it is a threat to development, to peace and to the fundamental principles of human civilization. In the same way, Rebiya Kadeer and her WUC, by trying to justify and condone terrorism with lies and false accusations, are going against humanity.
The author is a senior writer with China Daily.
(China Daily 08/11/2011 page8)